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Archived News Release from 2009

For Immediate Release

Redwood City Emergency Operations Plan Now Includes Preparation for Pandemic Flu Situation

Redwood City, CA - August 21, 2009 - Infections from the H1N1 (swine flu) virus have dwindled during the summer; however health officials are still concerned that the virus may return this fall, particularly when schools are fully in session and cold weather arrives. This potential highlights the need for local governments to prepare for a possible pandemic situation in the future, whether H1N1 or some other virus.

Redwood City’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) now includes a Pandemic Flu/Continuity of Operations section, recently prepared and currently in draft form. This section outlines how Redwood City will maintain critical City functions for the community, if a pandemic situation results in a reduced City workforce due to sickness from pandemic, or any other disaster that prevents a significant number of City staff from reporting for duty.

In addition to creating a template by which the City can adequately continue serving the community during a time of crisis, the Plan also provides guidance to support prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery activities by all City departments in the event of a pandemic.

I want to assure the community that we are well-prepared to continue providing critical City services even if our staff is temporarily but significantly reduced due to a pandemic flu or other disaster situation,” said City Manager Peter Ingram. “It’s all about disaster preparedness, and with this new section of our EOP, we have a high level of confidence that the City is ready to handle a pandemic.”

The overall purpose of the Pandemic response plan is to describe the roles, responsibilities and key activities before, during, and following a pandemic influenza (or other disaster). With this plan in place, the City is better prepared to not only handle the emergency logistics for this situation, but also the very real need to continue the government operations and maintain critical functions on which the community depends. 

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Dave Pucci
Redwood City Fire Department
650-780-7400

 
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